Residents are being asked for feedback on two concepts for a new park in Stanley Street St Ives.
The Stanley Street area to the east of St Ives centre has been identified as a high priority area for a new park, due to the growth in young families living there.
Stanley Street is also next to Bedes Forest, an existing Council reserve on the corner of Yarrabung Road and College Crescent, St Ives.
The Stanley Street area to the east of St Ives centre has been identified as a high priority area for a new park, due to the growth in young families living there. Stanley Street is also next to Bedes Forest, an existing Council reserve on the corner of Yarrabung Road and College Crescent, St Ives. Bedes Forest is almost 5000sqm in size, but due to its heavily wooded nature its use as a park for recreation by families is limited.
The Council has found the solution by combining Bedes Forest with land acquired through the purchase of three private properties in Stanley Street.
The Council first identified the three properties back in 2010 and recently concluded negotiations to allow the acquisition of all three to go ahead.
The three properties will be progressively demolished, making the new park nearly 8000 square metres in size and one of the largest in Ku-ring-gai.
Two concept plans have been prepared for public comment, after the Council voted last year to go ahead with its creation and residents were surveyed about what they would like to see in the new park.
Early feedback showed that the following were important to residents in terms of facilities and park inclusions:
- Bike tracks
- Play equipment
- Gym equipment
- Nature play
- Water play
- Picnic shelters
Feedback also included requests for dog off-leash areas in the park. Unfortunately, the site is not suitable for an off-leash area due to physical constraints which limit the areas available for flat open space. Leashed dogs will be allowed in the park in line with Council regulations.
The community also requested a community garden. The expanded Bedes Forest site may be suitable for the establishment of a garden without significantly affecting other park uses.
The two concept plans are:
Option 1 – ‘Picnics in Nature’ – would include a children’s bike track and playground, outdoor gym equipment, an open picnic area with seating, a wetland and toilet facilities.
Option 2 – ‘Play & Explore’ – would include a half basketball court and table tennis tables, a community garden, a nature play area and playground, toilets, picnic and BBQ areas and a bike track.
Mayor Jeff Pettett said public feedback on the two designs was open until 8 April and a community information day was planned at the site on Saturday 2 April.
“This is a great opportunity for the community to decide how the new park will look. At approximately 8000 square metres when built, there’s a lot of space to work with,” he said.
The Mayor added that the feedback received would be used to develop a final design which would then go on public exhibition.